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Thursday, February 28, 2008

This Just In...

The Canadian Minority Government has officially lost its marbles.
Tories plan to withhold funding for 'offensive' productions
Committee to decide whether material meets new criteria


From Thursday's Globe and Mail
February 28, 2008 at 2:07 AM EST

The Conservative government has drafted guidelines that would allow it to pull financial aid for any film or television show that it deems offensive or not in the public's best interest – even if government agencies have invested in them.

The proposed changes to the Income Tax Act would allow the Heritage Minister to deny tax credits to projects deemed offensive, effectively killing the productions. Representatives from Heritage and the Department of Justice will determine which shows or films pass the test.

(Full story here)

What do you do when your own Government basically stands up and declares War on your industry?

It wasn't enough to work towards ripping the backbone out of the CTF - the basis for most original production in Canada. It wasn't enough to look down from on high and tell us that Canadian TV sucks because there're too many Canadians involved (I'm paraphrasing there...).

Now the Canadian Government - a minority Government - has decided that they're going to utterly destroy original Canadian Production. Done. Finito.

Way to go Chairman Ma... er... Stephen Harper!

I could go into more detail but Denis has already done much of the legwork, so most of what I say would only be a repeat of his blog. Go, read there, then pop back when you're done.

Don't worry, I'll wait.

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